11 New Year’s Eve Traditions From Around the World


New Year’s Eve celebrations in this Central American country get heated, literally. Munecos (life-size doll-like effigies of famous people and popular characters) are burned in public bonfires throughout the country. Everyone from Fidel Castro to Olympic gold medalists are burned up, and it isn’t always meant as an insult, as beloved country icons are set ablaze as well. The tradition represents the end of the old year, and burning the figures drives off evil spirits from the past year for a fresh start.



Cultured Palate: Dishes from Iran

Iranian cuisine uses a myriad of spices, dried and fresh fruits, herbs, and nuts to flavor dishes. These ingredients turn even the simplest meal of rice and stewed meat into a sensory explosion.

Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…